CHENEY: I sounds to me like...
HANNITY: Seems to be — seems like campaign rhetoric, right?
CHENEY: Well, or beyond it. Maybe Hillary's spending too much time with Howard.
HANNITY: That's a good line. And Harry Reid?
CHENEY: Well, you know, it's unfortunate when Harry conducts himself in that fashion. It's — we try to be restrained. I've had times when people on the other side of the aisle let me to react rather harshly, but I did it in private. I didn't do it in public. And I think it's not helpful. I think it's unfortunate when it happens. But I do think, from the standpoint of the Republican Party, that kind of rhetoric from Hillary Clinton or from Howard Dean or from Senator Reid does more damage to them than it does to us.
HANNITY: We're running out of time. Could Hillary Clinton become president in 2008? She's like the front-runner to win the nomination. Do you think she could win? And who would you like to see — four or five people, Republicans, run, considering you've taken yourself out of the race.
CHENEY: Let's put it this way, Sean. I haven't endorsed anybody. I wouldn't want to start through the list of...
HANNITY: Would Condi Rice be a good presidential candidate?
CHENEY: ... somebody else. And I'm confident that whoever the Republicans nominate in 2008 will receive widespread support and defeat whatever Democrat receives the nomination.
HANNITY: Last question on judges. Two hundred and fourteen years, we've never had a judge that would have otherwise been approved by the Senate filibustered. We had this deal, seven Republicans, seven Democrats, that it might result in, basically, people not getting an up-or-down vote. Is that fair?
CHENEY: Well, I think we need to restore the traditional practice of the last 214 years.
CHENEY: The agreement that has been made has produced some progress in the last few weeks. That is, we've gotten a number of judges through just in the last few days. If that agreement holds, and the filibuster is not used on the judicial nominations, then I think that'll be a major success, in the sense that we've returned to traditional practices there.
Traditionally, we haven't filibustered judicial appointments. Republicans haven't done it. The Democrats shouldn't do it, either. And we'll see what develops.
If they do, if they go back to sort of a systemic filibuster of judges, then we've always got the option, or the constitutional option, of...
HANNITY: Going back to it?
CHENEY: ... modifying the Senate precedents.
HANNITY: I got one last question, if you'll indulge me. Some people — this is for a FOX News special they're doing — some people predict the world is going to suffer irreversible damage from global warming trends that have been measured. What is your position on that, and what is the Bush administration's position?
CHENEY: I think we need to look at the facts. And clearly, there has been some warming. It's not clear exactly what caused it, how much of it's cyclical, how much of it's caused as a result of the activities of man.